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Apple to take shine off glossy iMacs, say moles

Adding anti-reflection tech

By Tony Smith, 3 Apr 2012

Your iMac's screen to shiny for you? The next version of the Apple desktop will have a reflection resistant coating applied to its ('retina'?) display, it has been claimed.

Says a piece on DigiTimes yesterday: Taiwan's G-Tech Optoelectronics is expected to supply anti-reflective glass for Apple's all-in-one computers, indicated industry sources.

G-Tech wouldn't comment, and Apple never does, so we only have the moles' word for this.

Apple last refreshed the iMac line in June 2011. It has been claimed that an upcoming update will incorporate TV tuner technology as a stepping stone to the keenly awaited 'iTV' Apple telly.

Apple has long favoured glossy screens for its machines, though it offers matte, higher resolution display build-to-order options on some of its MacBook Pro laptops for an extra £40-120.

Shiny screens draw rough comments from folk who'd rather not put up with lights and windows shining back at them. Using existing anti-reflective tech would reduce the vibrancy of the displays' colours, something Apple is keen to avoid.

Has G-Tech, then, come up with a technology that minimises reflections without losing the deep blacks and bright colours glossy screens deliver?

Alas, there's nothing from the industry insiders to suggest it has. ®